Thursday, 1 August 2019

Through the Islets of Langerhuns.....

Sven Eriksen continues his search for clues to the location of the Whorled cup and associated fabulous treasure..   Having collected six of the seven clues, he was unable to find the location of the seventh - however after months of research reading old manuscripts his scholars found an obscure reference in the works of Geraldus Nombrensis that the reliquary of St Agapanthus held in the Abbey at  Langerhuns contains the clue.

Desparate to find the 7th clue, Sven decided to voyage to Langerhuns and obtain the reliquary. On arrival he found the way though by water to the Abbey to shallow and narrow for his longship to get by all the narrow channels between the small islets, luckily he had two smaller vessels with him that were able to get through. 


---oXo---

The locals near the Abbey have been told of vikings in the area, a small boat sets out to see if they can find out where they are and if possible pick off a few of them with their bows.....
a monk living on one of the islets prays for deliverance from the viking marauders ...
Eriksen boards the bigger of the two smaller longships and start off to find their way through to the abbey
 As they get about halfway towards the abbey,  a small boat approaches and  a couple of bowmen open fire ...
the other boat gets fired on by an archer from the shore and loses a man...
The archers on the small boat hit one of the men in Eriksens longboat ...
the longboat rams into the little boat knocking them aside and two of the men in it over the side into the water ...
The two longboats reach the shoreline near the abbey, the warriors on the two longboats disembark to find themselves confronted by locals and some armed monks....
Eriksen leads his men forward and charges the group in his way, breaking through them with ease ...
Eriksen then directs his men to attack the monks defending the hurdle fence, as they charge in the warriors from the other longboat are not faring well and have been held back by the locals 
Eriksen's attack on the hurdle fence fails and he falls back to regroup, his other party of warriors is being forced back towards the shore ...
Eriksen makes another attack on the hurdle fence, to try and dislodge the monks ...
A couple of his men get across the fence, while a couple of archers pick off one or two of the monks...
The monks can't hold any longer and run away ..... Erisksen moves towards the abbey...
The locals have forced the other group of warriors back to their longship ...
As his men mop up and get ready do a bit of pillaging,  Eriksen inspects the reliquary of St Agapanthus ....

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The flying boat ...(at the dockside ...)

The wings finished on the flying boat; plastic palm leaves layered and gaps filled with PVA; painted to somewhat resemble large feathers
 at the dockside , being prepared for its first 'voyage'

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Krossholar

A rival lord has captured Krossholar, the location of the tomb of Jarl Ragnarsen's father.  Ragnarsen leads his mean to re-take the settlement. His forces approach via the more dangerous route through the forest .....

---oXo---

Ragnarsen and his men pause before they enter the forest ...
 as they move forward a giant snake is disturbed ...
one man is killed and the snake given some space moves away... as they slowly work their way through the forest some of the men are attacked by wolves ...
 other encounter bears ...

 Ragnarsen fells one of the bear with his axe .... the others are fended off ...
as they come to the edge of the forest, more trouble with wolves and another snake ...
 Ragnarsen and his men are now in sight of Krossholar, they have been spotted ...
they waste no time and charge through the archers into a thin shield wall of defenders.....
The defenders shield wall gives way, some of the defenders run for it while others fight to hold off the onslaught
they make a good fight of and just hold Ragnarsens men back.....
but Ragnarsen's men outflank and surround the 'die-hard' defending warriors - the rest of defenders have lost heart....
the remaining defenders run away....Krossholar is retaken.... Ragnarsen checks his fathers tomb is intact as his men finish mopping up and clearing the settlement...
[
Played through a solo game, trying out some new animal appearance rules (for the large snakes) - 

a useful handy link https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/viking_town_names.php
]

Sunday, 27 January 2019

The flying boat ... (WIP - part 3)

Working on the wings of the flying boat. Finally settled on using some plastic palm fronds as a starter,
need fill up the gaps somehow - will try PVA initially.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

The flying boat ... (WIP - part 2)

A bit further along with the flying boat. I used the 'motion' & mast I had made and fitted them to a plastic boat hull; then made up some basic shaped wings and fitted these to the mast.
I need to do some work to make the wings better, then the whole model can be painted up.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The flying boat ... (WIP - part 1)

I've started a little modelling project, I'm working on my version of the flying boat from one of the Noggin the Nog stories - The Flying Machine.

At the moment I've made the deck and the basic mechanism that is supposed to work the wings....

I may use a spare plastic boat hull and cut the deck to fit it (rather than build a new hull), then go on and make the wings.



Thursday, 29 November 2018

In Wargamers Annual 2019...

The core scenarios from the Struggle for Oppland shown in posts on this blog in 2015 have been pulled together into a 'mini-campaign' format article which has been published in this year's Wargamers Annual ...